- The Ethical Slut
name = The Ethical Slut: A Guide to Infinite Sexual Possibilities
orig title =
author = Dossie Easton, Catherine A. Liszt
language = English
publisher = Greenery Press
release_date = 1997
pages = 288
isbn = ISBN 1-890159-01-8
"The Ethical Slut: A Guide to Infinite Sexual Possibilities" (ISBN 1-890159-01-8) is an
English language non-fictionnarrative written by Dossie Eastonand Catherine A. Liszt (a pseudonymof Janet Hardy). It is credited with raising awareness of the possibility of consensual non-monogamy as a lifestyle, and providing practical guidance on how such long-term relationships work and are put into practice.
The authors define the term "
slut" as "a person of any genderwho has the courage to lead life according to the radical proposition that sexis nice and pleasureis good for you." The term is reclaimed from its usual use as a pejorativeand as a simple label for a promiscuousperson. Instead, it is used to signify a person who is accepting of their enjoyment of sexand the pleasureof intimacywith others, and chooses to engage and accept these in an ethical and open way — rather than as cheating.
"The Ethical Slut" discusses how to live an active life with multiple concurrent sexual relationships in a fair and honest way. Discussion topics include how to deal with the practical difficulties and opportunities in finding and keeping partners, maintaining relationships with others, and strategies for personal growth.
It contains chapters discussing how consensual nonmonogamy is handled in different
subculturessuch as the gayand lesbiancommunities, information on handling scheduling, jealousy, communication, conflict in relationships, and etiquettefor group sexual encounters.
An article in the
January 31, 2007issue of the " East Bay Express" reports that Moses Ma will be producing a movie adaptation of "The Ethical Slut". [ [http://www.eastbayexpress.com/2007-01-31/culture/sluts-and-pork-buns/ East Bay Express | Arts & Culture | Sluts and Pork Buns ] ]
John Sable's "Multiple O", a play adaptation of "The Ethical Slut" will open on May 2, 2008, at the Broom Street Theater. [ [http://www.broomstreet.org Broom Street Theater ] ]
Co-author Dossie Easton reported in May 2007 that Easton and Liszt are working on a second edition of the book, including more communication exercises and information about polyamory communities on the Internet. [Easton, Dossie. Interview. " [http://cache.libsyn.com/polyweekly/PW110.5_23_07.mp3 Episode 110] ." " [http://www.polyweekly.com/ Polyamory Weekly] ". By Cunning Minx. May 24, 2007. Quoted in " [http://polyinthemedia.blogspot.com/2007/05/upcoming-poly-books-and-movie.html Upcoming Poly Books and Movie] ". " [http://www.polyinthemedia.blogspot.com/ Polyamory in the News] ". May 25, 2007.]
* [http://www.greenerypress.com/ Greenery Press] , homepage of the publishers of "The Ethical Slut"
* [http://www.sexuality.org/authors/henkin/whes.html A positive review] of "The Ethical Slut"
* [http://www.qwantz.com/index.pl?comic=174 Summary] on Qwantz Dinosaur Comics
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